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been pushed back by government forces. >>> and while the u.s. tries to figure out how to fight back in libya, the prices of investigation had hitting here at home. steve handelsman reports. >> reporter: concerned about escalating warfare in libya and more air attacks against libyan civilians in what looks like a military comeback by moammar gadhafi, president obama reminded libyan generals they could be tried for war crimes. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable. >> reporter: mr. obama face two choices. does he set up a no-fly zone over libya? arab states say do it, but team obama is cautious. >> any action should be the result of an international sanction. >> reporter: do something to help now argued a bush administration administration veteran. >> and you could provide covertly anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to the rebels so they could impose their own fly zone. >> obama choice number two, with gasoline prices averaging $3.50 a gallon and risi
. >> make no mistake, the u.s. is still very involved in the operation. the u.s., britain and france will still be conducting the toughest parts of this operation but it does mean the u.s. is now not acting alone. the nato secretary-general has now announced they will be taking over the operational phase. they've made the political decision as nato says, they'll spend the weekend working oumt the details, these more than 20 western nations, plus a couple of arab countries also that have signed on to enforce the no-fly zone over libya, and nato secretary-general was very clear about that, they will be enforcing the no-fly zone and the arms embargo and nothing else. he says they should be ready to take this over in about two or three days. secretary of state hillary clinton making the announcement here for the u.s., saying we can now begin to reduce our participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown about 70% of those missions so far, that should begin to go down. in fact, she says there are already fewer american planes in the air over libya. lynn? >> tracie, thanks so much. >>>
>>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown concerns grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience stor >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of mernsz out of japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be volunteer evacuations even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. b
the u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news has learned that english forces conducted a strike on his compound. it was not known where gadhafi was at the time, but according to the "new york times," journalists did not report any casualties. meanwhile robert gates says that the u.s. expects to hand over control of the mission to a coalition in a matter of days. that coalition will probably be headed either by the french or english or by nato. for more information on the operation, we go to nbc's brian mooar. >> reporter: with a second day ç of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european and american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge these strikes to have been very effective and significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> reporter: the libyan leader threatened a long, bitter fight. hours later, he declared the second cease fire in less than a week. in brazil, p
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey, astronauts unveil the international space station's astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be voluntary evacuations, even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organiz
by secretary of state hillary clinton. she says now the u.s. can begin to reduce its participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown 70% of those flights so far, and already, she says, we're seeing fewer american planes in the skies over libya. the u.s., however, jointly with britain and france, will still be responsible for some of the toughest parts of the mission. lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. >>> well, the federal aviation administration says it has suspend an air traffic control supervisor after he fell asleep on duty forcing two passenger planes to land at reagan international airport without any distance. nbc's kristin dahlgren has more on a story that raised a lot of questions about who is minding the runways. >> reporter: final approach to reagan international airport. the american airlines flight from miami gets no response. >> the pilot gets over the loud speaker and says, sorry, folks, we can't land right now. >> reporter: even a nearby operations center can't raise reagan's tower. >> tried to call on landline and on the commercial line and there's no answer. >>
the brutal attacks on rebels. although american officials say the u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news has learned that english forces conducted a strike on his compound. it was not known where gadhafi was at the time, but according to the new york times, journalists did not report any casualties. meanwhile robert gates says that the u.s. expects to hand over control of the mission to a coalition in a matter of days. that coalition will probably be headed either by the french or english or by nato. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian mooar. all right with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european an american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge these strikes to have been very effective and significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> reporter: the libyan leader threatened that long bitter fight. hours later, he declared the second cease
that the courageous responders on the scene have the benefit of american teamwork and support. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struc
in libya. reports say there is now a secret order for u.s. involvement inside the war-torn nation. although president obama has promised no ground troops will see action in libya, apparently there are americans working for the u.s. government there. for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. these first reports came from the associated press. reporting that the cia is on the ground in libya. that president obama has signed an order authorizing small groups of covert operatives on the ground there. the cia, as you might expect, has not confirmed it. this is not unusual. we saw the same thing in afghanistan, in iraq. they armed the rebels there, unclear whether or not the u.s. will do that here. experts say they may be gathering intelligence about the opposition forces which seem to be fragmented or about moammar gadhafi's military to help the air assault effort there. now, also, we know this morning that libya's foreign minister has defected. he arrived in london yesterday, officials say, protesting the attacks on civilians. the u.s. is hoping this means that
negotiations announced here in the united states by secretary of state hillary clinton. she says now the u.s. can begin to reduce its participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown 70% of those flights so far, and already, she says, we're seeing fewer american planes in the skies over libya. the u.s., however, jointly with britain and france, will still be responsible for some of the toughest parts of the mission. lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington, thank you. >>> well, the federal aviation administration says it has suspend an air traffic control supervise after he fell asleep on duty forcing two passenger planes to land at reagan international airport without any distance. kristin dahlgren has more on a story that raised questions about who is minding the runways? >> reporter: final approach to reagan inter national airport. the american airlines flight from miami gets no response. >> the pilot gets over the loud speaker and says, sorry, folks, we can't land right now. >> reporter: even a nearby operations center can't raise reagan's tower. >> tried to call on landline and on
that the aim of the u.s. is not to take gadhafi out of power, although he has said that gadhafi needs to go, but that the purpose of this particular mission is to back the united nations, to support them in protecting the libyan people and the rebels who are under attack. also, we should note that those four "new york times" journalists who had been captured and were under libyan control for six days have now been freed. they have crossed over into turkey to tell their harrowing story. lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington, as always, thank you. >>> elsewhere, as japanese workers race to restore electricity to their crippled nuclear plant, there are new concerns this morning over contaminated food and water. traces of contamination are tracing vegetables around the plant. in amounts the government and health experts say do not pose a risk to human health. meanwhile, a virginia couple is mourning the death of their daughter after learning that her body was found in the tsunami wreckage in japan where she had had teaching english. taylor anderson is the first american victim confirmed in
with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped into plants one, two, and three, and workers have tried to bring down temperatures in plant five and six. bloo if a fuel rod becomes exposed, it could become fragile, and there's a chance of it breaking when m
: as the u.s. role in the libyan air force gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces counter attack, pushing rebel forces back. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clintons's meeting in london, topic one was the dictator. >> we edge gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far, it's the libyan leader's call and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: president obama told brian williams, economic and diplomatic pressure could force gadhafi out. >> our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure not only militarily but through other means that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> reporter: president obama ruled out using u.s. ground troops, but capitol hill is splintered. >> forcing gadhafi to leave power, i disagree with the president saying that the use of force should be ruled out. >> re
work and support. >> all right, all right. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struck. carl did he nnin of england's channel 4
, saying even though the u.s. wasn't in imminent danger, our interest and value, but the attacks stopped short of trying to get moammar gadhafi out. >> if we try to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely to to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> reporter: not an option, the president said. instead, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. their aim? pressure gadhafi to step down on his own. >> he tied up the financial assets of $33 billion. he got an embargo. he's getting weaker all the time. >> reporter: those on capitol hill say the president should have consulted congress fist. you have to be careful. >> reporter: todmorrow, the u.s takes the back seat. now, bahrain, syria, yemen, the president says wherever people want to be free, they'll find a friend in the united states. veronica. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >> tonight on nbc nightly news brian rill yams will discuss president obama and hesitate fight in libya. >>> the nuclear disaster in japan keeps gettin
calling for an end to any nuclear construction on u.s. soil. president obama standing behind his push to pursue nuclear power as an alternative energy source while continuing to show support for japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. other countries are putting programs on hold in light of japan, now the white house says it's moving forward with the nuclear program here in the united states. power companies are required to produce 80% clean energy by 2035 the white house says nuclear power plants are a key part of that program. there are four reactors up for approval this year. but on capitol hill there is concern. they had a moment of silence for japan yesterday, but lawmakers are divided between a wait and see mode based on what's going on in japan and not being reactionary, as some say, creating new policies at this point. the white house brought in the chief of the nuclear regulatory commission to reassure americans that our plants are safe that they are built to withstand earthquakes, tsunamis, but not what
ground attacks. >>> president obama will speak to the nation tonight to explain what role the u.s. will play in the mission in libya now that nato has stepped in. the president is also expected to address concerns by both parties. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a lot of questions to answer when he addresses the nation tonight. lawmakers here want to know should we even be involved in libya or should we be doing more to take down libya's leader. >> the president's going to address the nation monday night. a lot of these questions will be answered. >> reporter: questions like whether we'll hand guns to rebels. >> no decision has been made about that. >> reporter: and how much the u.s. will be involved after nato takes over. >> within the next week or so, we will begin to diminish the commitment of resources. >> reporter: tonight president obama is supposed to lay out the plan. he has said gadhafi needs to go, but nato has made it clear that's not their mission. tomorrow secretary of state hillary clinton meets
prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today following a dangerous spike in radiation that authorities feared put their lives at risk. nbc chief science correspondent robert bazelle reports from tokyo. >> authorities here in japan say they have been serious problems again at the nuclear power plant, particularly in unit number three, which has been sort of kwieette for a while. it was a sharp spike in radiation. it was so sharp, the workers t power plant had to evacuate for a while. and the chief minister, who was giving this talk, said it was possible, just possible, he didn't know for sure, that this was caused by yet another breach i
pushed back by government forces. >>> and while the u.s. tries to consider how best to react to the fighting in libya, the ç crisis is having major implications at home at gas pumps across the nation. nbc's steve handelsman reports. >> reporter: concerned about escalating warfare in libya and more air attacks against libyan civilians in what looks like a military comeback by moammar gadhafi, president obama reminded libyan generals they could be tried for war crimes. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable. >> reporter: mr. obama faces two choices. does he set up a no-fly zone over libya to ground gadhafi's jets? arab states say do it, but team obama is cautious. >> any action should be the result of an international sanction. >> reporter: do something to help now argued a bush administration veteran. >> and you could provide covertly anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to the rebels so they could impose their own no-fly zone. >> reporter: oba
in libya, u.s. officials are calling him delusional. after he denied attacking his own people, gadhafi told interviewers, quote, all my people love me. jim meseda has more. >> reporter: despite a ring of soldiers and heavy armor around the city, inside libyans were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-gadhafi demonstration. and just as quickly ended after someone firing a round. everyone here seems to expect civil war and the government stokes the fear. >> hundreds of thousands, and i repeat hundreds of thousands of libyans will be killed and destruction everywhere for possibly years to come. >> reporter: throughout libya, battle lines are being drawn. this amateur video apparently shows a gun battle raging between pro and anti-government forces about 100 miles east of tripoli with both sides fighting to a stand still. further east in benghazi, volunteers signed up to participate in the battle. back in tripoli, gadhafi's regime remains in charge. there's an increasing sense of foreboding here. many libyans believe gadhafi when he says th
will be held accountable. >> reporter: president obama ordered u.s. military aircraft to help evacuate foreigners from libya. but he has not ordered u.s. war planes to attack libyan war planes that take off, grounding gadhafi's air zone with a no fly zone. two senators said let's do it. >> i argue for the no fly zone and i think we could achieve it. >> reporter: but it would not be risk free for u.s. pilots. >> not as simple as throwing up a -- moving an aircraft carrier and deploying a bunch of planes. you have to take action to make sure you have air dominance. >> reporter: action to eliminate gadhafi's senses, his radar and missiles, action that president obama has not order. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> meanwhile, back in washington on the same day the labor department is expected to report significant progress on the jobs front, democrats and republicans are entering another day of talks to try to keep the government up and running without damaging the economy. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good mor
today as they brief congress on the mission in libya. steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces counter attack, pushing libyans back, targeting civilians in rebel-held towns. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clinton's meeting with u.s. allies in london, topic one was the dictator. qatar's prime minister. >> we urge gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far, it's the libyan leader's call and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: president obama told brian williams, economic and diplomatic pressure could force gadhafi out. >> our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure not only militarily but through other means that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> reporter: president obama ruled out using u.s. gr
of the greatest u.s. disasters of : discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. disasters of : the early 20th century in color. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with out maneuvered. the three-week standoff in wisconsin over a measure that would deal a huge blow to public unions has come to an abrupt end after a stunning move by republicans. until yesterday, republicans state senators couldn't pass governor scott walker's proposal because under the rules they were just one democrat short for the vote to happen. that's because all 14 minority democrats had fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the measure which would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public union workers. but on wednesday, republicans managed to push the plan through by resorting to a procedural maneuver that removed parts of the proposal related to nonspending measures. using that tactic, republicans contend the vote could take place without the missing democr
at that plant. it is reportedly losing new coolant. the u.s. stchlt ronald reagan traveled through a radioactive cloud and that crew members on deck are believed to have received a month's worth of radiation in an hour. veronica. >> hmm. all right, kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. >>> in the meantime, experts are weighing in on the potential impact at home if a disaster as devastating as the one that hit japan were had hit us. we go to tracie potts here in washington. tracie, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. there are 104 nuclear plants ms country. almost a quarter of them are built like those now under a state of emergency in jap pann. the u.s. is actually looking at building more. the nuclear regulatory commission says power plants in this country are built to with stand the most severe shock, but the government is looking at even more of these. four more many progress. 20 applications. the government announced $8 billion in loans last year for new nuclear plants. they're looking for four times that in the upcoming budget. in light of what's going on in japan reason here on capitol
as the u.s. and its allies weigh a military response. >>> marina mystery, a grim scene in southern california as a million dead fish float ashore. >>> and spidey sense? a vintage comic book featuring spider-man's debut sells for a mind-numbing sum.ç captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific team zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with losing momentum. it now appears the rebellion against libya's moammar gadhafi has stalled, halted in its tracks by the libyan army. the drive by opposition fighters to qadhafi's stronghold in tripoli has been met with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east. in zawiya pro-regime forces threat tony capture the city. if it is retain, it would be a significant victory for qadhafi. meanwhile, in an interview broadcast on libya's state tv, qadhafi once again blames foreigners for the unrest, and answering possible u.s. and british plans for a libyan response, qadhafi told turkish tv libyans will "take up arms and fight if a no fly zone is empoe imposed on hi
in japan. and the u.s. is actually looking at building more. the nuclear regulatory commission says power plants in this country are built to withstand the most severe shock, but the government is looking at even more of these, four more in progress, 20 applications. the government announced $8 billion in loans last year for new nuclear plants. they're looking for four times that in the upcoming budget. and in light of what's going on in japan, here on capitol hill, some lawmakers want to put the brakes on those new constructions saying this is the time to hold off or review whether or not we're sufficiently protected. others suggest that this is a bad time to make u.s. policy. and you were talking about the aid flowing into japan right now. the white house says up to $100 million is available. they're also sending in a couple of large search and rescue teams, k-9s, and of course nuclear experts. >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. >>> now a look at other stories making news. in north dakota, a fast moving blizzard left hundreds stranded along the highways. officials say between 800
. >>> and san francisco treat, newly discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. adaptisast newly discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. adaptisast of the 20th century in color. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with outmaneuvered. the three-week standoff in wisconsin over a measure that would deal a huge blow to public unions has come to an abrupt end after a stunning move by republicans. until yesterday, republicans state senators couldn't pass governor scott walker's proposal because under the rules they were just one democrat short for the vote to happen. that's because all 14 minority democrats had fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the measure which would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from union workers. but on wednesday, republicans managed to push the order through by resort to go a procedural maneuver that removed parts of the proposal related to nonspending measures. using that tactic, republicans contend the vote could take place without the missing democrats. assembly minori
in afghanistan, in iraq. they armed the rebels there, unclear whether or not the u.s. will do that here. experts say they may be gathering intelligence about the opposition forces which seem to be fragmented or about moammar gadhafi's military to help the air assault effort there. now, also, we know this morning that libya's foreign minister has defected. he arrived in london yesterday, officials say, protesting the attacks on civilians. the u.s. is hoping this means that ga gaffe definitefy's government may be imploding from the inside. and speaking of those rebels, they are backing off. gadhafi's army winning in many areas. they seem to be, as i mentioned, disorganized and here on capitol hill, the big question seems to be whether or not the u.s. government will arm them. veronica. >> tracie potts live for us this morning in washington, thank you. >>> pressure is mounting on japan to expand the evacuation zone around its damaged power plant amid concerns about radiation seeping from the facility. radiation in one village 25 miles from the complex is twice the suggested threshold for evacuation
>>> this morning on "early today," rebels reach a standoff with government forces in libya as the u.s. and its allies weigh a military response. >>> marina mystery, a grim scene in southern california as a million dead fish float ashore. >>> and spiedy sense? a vintage comic book featuring spider-man's debut sells for a a vintage comic book featuring spider-man's debut sells for a mind-blow thing sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with losing momentum. it now appears the rebellion against libya's moammar gadhafi has stalled, halted in its tracks by the libyan army. the drive by opposition fighters toga definitefy's strong hold of tripoli has been met with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east and zawiya proregime forces threaten to capture the royal city. if it's retain, it would be a significant victory for gadhafi. meanwhile, in an interview broadcast on state-run tv, gadhafi blamed foreigners for the unrest. he says they brainwashed libyan youngsters with weapons, drugs and money to turn against their count
, as moammar gadhafi struggles to maintain power in libya, u.s. officials are calling him delusional. after he denied attacking his own people, gadhafi told interviewers, quote, all my people love me. jim meseda has more. >> reporter: despite a ring of soldiers and heavy armor around the city, inside libyans were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-gadhafi demonstration. and just as quickly ended after someone firing a round. everyone here seems to expect civil war and the government stokes the fear. >> hundreds of thousands, and i repeat hundreds of thousands of libyans will be killed and destruction everywhere for possibly years to come. >> reporter: throughout libya, battle lines are being drawn. this amateur video apparently shows a gun battle raging between pro and anti-government forces about 100 miles east of tripoli with both sides fighting to a stand still. further east in benghazi, volunteers signed up to participate in the battle. back in tripoli, gadhafi's regime remains in charge. there's an increasing sense of foreboding here
picketed the funeral of u.s. marine matthew snider, killed in iraq in 2006. snyder's father sued. >> i think it's an insult to every veteran out there that has served this country. >> reporter: the supreme court ruled the phelps are protected by the first amendment, right to free speech. chief justice roberts wrote for the majority. westboro may have chosen the picket location to increase publicity for its views and its speech may have been particularly hurtful to snyder. that does not mean that its speech should be afforded less than full first amendment protection. eight of the nine justices agreed. >> liberals and conservatives have united in this, on the side of free speech. >> reporter: justice samuel alito dissented, saying the phelps intentionally inflicted pain on the snyders. our commitment to free debate is not a license for an attack on matthew and his family at a time of acute emotional vulnerability central to the church's well practiced strategy for attracting public attention. now the phelps and their anti-gay campaign have won their biggest shot of publicity. steve hand
that the u.s. may consider prosecuting gadhafi for ordering that bombing. several ex officials of gadhafi's government that have fled since this latest violence occurred have said that he personally ordered that bombing that killed 270 people. victims are now urging the obama administration to reopen the criminal investigation. >>> also, another new development, the united nations has suspended libya from its human rights -- on the u.n. human rights council. that is the the first time a nation has ever been suspended from that council. they cited what they call gross and systemic human rights violations by libya in this latest violence. now, they are not permanently kicked off the council. this would occur until the u.n. decides to fully restore libya's status. finally, our ambassador to the u.n., susan wright, pushing for removal now saying, quote, gadhafi must go, he must go now. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> the senate is expected to approve a temporary funding bill today that will prevent a government shutdown this friday. this measure, which cuts spending by $4 billio
struggles to maintain power in libya, u.s. officials are calling him delusional. after he denied attacking his own people. underscoring his lack of touch with reality as his regime crumbles throughout the country, qadhafi told interviews, "all my people love me." jim meseda has more. >> reporter: despite a ring of soldiers and heavy armor around the city, inside libyans were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-gadhafi demonstration. and just as quickly ended after someone firing a round. many are standing hours outside banks to collect aç $400 houndt from the regime in a desperate effort to buy support. everyone here seems to expect civil war, and the government stokes the fear. >> hundreds of thousands, and i repeat hundreds of thousands of libyans will be killed and destruction everywhere for possibly years to come. >> reporter: throughout libya, battle lines are being drawn. this amateur video apparently shows a gun battle raging between pro and anti-government forces at the site of an air base about 100 miles east of treply with
ground attacks. >>> president obama will speak to the nation tonight to sprain what role the u.s. will play in the mission in libya. now that nato has stepped in. the frommed is also expected to address concerned by both parties. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a lot of questions to answer when he addresses the nation tonight. lawmakers here want to know should we even be involved in libya or should we be doing more to take down libya's leader. >> the president's going to address the nation monday night. a lot of these questions will be answered. >> reporter: questions like whether we'll handguns to rebels. >> no decision has been made about that. >> reporter: and how much the u.s. will be involved after nato takes over. >> within the next week or so, we will begin to diminish the commitment of resources. >> reporter: tonight president obama is supposed to layout the plan. hes has said gadhafi immediates to go, but nato has made it clear that's not their mission. tomorrow secretary of state hillary clinton m
promises to fight to the end. >>> hitting home, a warning from u.s. health officials about food coming from japan amid ft the nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. sier chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on sier chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>>hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry today, we begin with power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems, but so far, the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults. air fire streaked the skies last night over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. gadhafi spoke on tv yesterday and a defiant gadhafi predicted, quote, we will win this battle. meanwhile, president obama has cut short his tour of latin america amid criticism of his leadership of the attack on libya. the president says he has, quote, absolutely
promises to fight to the end. >>> hitting home. a warning from u.s. health officials about food coming from japan amidst the nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. singer chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems, but so far, the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults. this against civilian opponents. anti-aircraft fire streaked the skies overnight over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting against gadhafi loyalists. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. and to the east of ajabiya. gadhafi spoke on tv yesterday and a defiant gadhafi predicted, and ever defiant, gadhafi predicted "we will win this battle. >>> meanwhile, president ob
operations in libya. reports say there is now a secret order for u.s. involvement inside the war-torn nation. although president obama has promised no ground troops will see action in libya, apparently there are americans working for the u.s. government there. for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. this morning we have reports small groups of covert operatives on the ground, doing one of two things or possibly both, getting information of gadhafi's military sources or getting information about the rebels, the obama administration yet to say whether or not they will arm the rebels. lawmakers saying we simply don't know enough about them. also new its foreign minister defected to london, protesting the civilian attacks there. part of the inner circle of moammar gadhafi questions raised about whether or not that means his inner circle is falling apart and new this morning, london has said he will not be offered immunity in great britain. he was accused of masterminding the lockerbie bombing and in fact helped secure the release o
to any new nuclear construction on u.s. soil. president obama, however, is standing behind his public to pursue nuclear power as an alternative energy support while continuing to pledge support for the people of gentleman opinion. tracy pot joins us from washington with more on that. >> good morning, everyone. while some other countries are putting their nuclear pursuits on hold, for now, the white house says it is moving forward with the nuclear program here in the united states. power companies are required to produce 80% clear energy by 2035 and the white house says nuclear power plants are a key part of that program. there are four reactors up for approval this year. but on capitol hill, there is concern. they held a moment of silence for japan yesterday, but lawmakers are divided between a wait and see mode based on what's going on in japan and not being reactionary as some say creating new policies at this point. the white house brought in the chief of the nuclear regulatory commission to reassure americans that our plants are safe if they're built to with stand tornados and tsu
there to back off and for the u.s. not to be in charge of this. within days, he says, but the problem is the french don't want to take over, nato can't agree on whether or who will take over. that has become a challenge. secretary of state clinton said that moammar gadhafi can end this pretty quickly stepping down. it's he and his team who have decisions to make to wrap up and end those air strikes. finally, what does the american public think about this? a reuters poll finds 60% support our involvement in libya, eight out of ten say we should do more to remove gadhafi from power. lynn? >> tracie potts in washington, thanks so much. >>> after months of relative quiet, tensions are mounting in the mideast. no reported injuries after israeli aircraft struck suspected targets in the gaza strip. the assault comes after rocket and mortar fire directed at israel and a bomb ripped through a bus stop in jerusalem. one woman was killed, the first fatal attack in the city in several years. >>> we are getting the first look inside the crippled fukushima nuclear plant in japan where workers are d
in libya. also this morning u.s. warships are in the suez canal now headed towards the mediterranean on stand-by. secretary of state hillary clinton is saying that the government, the u.s. government, may consider prosecuting qadhafi for ordering the lockerbie bombing. she says that the administration could seek justice. victims have been asking the obama administration to reopen that investigation. ex official that is have recently left the libyan government say he personally oraled thad bombing. also, the united nations has suspended libya from its human rights council. the first time that's err been done, citing gross and systematic human rights violations. that is not permanent, but libya would need to be restored to full status. lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. >>> the senate is expected to approve a temporarily funding bill later today that will prevent a government shutdown this friday. the measure which also cuts spending by $4 billion passed the house yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 335-91. president obama is expected to sign the two-week extension into law, but democrats
, there were ships enforcing the u.s. arms embargo. today, the president meets with his national security team to discuss strategy. for more on that, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. no doubt, the question will be today what is the end game here? the president has anonsed that we will not be sending ground troops into libya, yet we're sending more warships there as we speak. the big question, who is going to take over within days as the president has promised? the french has said they only want a technical role. nato can't seem to agree who will take over. that remains a big question. it's a question they're asking about on capitol hill. house speaker john boehner sending a letter saying his administration is sending mixed messages about this mission. meantime, secretary of state hillary clinton has a message for moammar gadhafi saying the end game rests with him, that it's his decision when to step down and end all this. finally, what does the american public think? we have results this morning from a new reuters poll. 60% say they support the ac
a looming troop withdrawal this summer. secretary gates told troops that u.s. military involvement there with likely continue beyond the 2014 end of combat operations. >>> the space shuttle discovery undocked from the international space station today. this is after a successful week-long mission heats expected to be its last. landing is scheduled for wednesday after which "discovery" will be donated to the smithsonian institution. >>> and scientists are showing off a treasure trove of fishing tools discovered on the channel islands off southern california that date back some 12,000 years. the finding suggests that two separate cultures lived in north america at the time, one that lived inland and were big game hunters and another that had a taste for seafood. >> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,169 after sinking 88 points on friday. the s&p shed 9. the nasdaq dropped 14. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, the nikkei lost 188 points while in hong kong, the hang seng went down 95. >>> it's a simple formula. oil goes up
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